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Police Ramping Up July 4th Weekend Presence

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT

In the midst of all the fun, the Fourth of July weekend is one of the deadliest times to be on the road. Three million Texans are expected to be on the roads this weekend, according to AAA, and law enforcement is launching a new effort to keep you safe.

Overnight police were already several hours into their weekend long No Refusal Initiative, but cracking down on drunk driving and drunk boating is just one part of a push by more than a dozen other law enforcement agencies in Travis, Williamson, and Hays counties.  "A huge success" is how police describe their first two efforts of the Arrive Alive initiative over Memorial Day and ROT Rally weekends. They say that by ramping up patrols to cut down on all forms of aggressive driving, it meant thousands of tickets and no fatal accidents. Last year in Austin alone police looked into more than 200 crashes and made more than 100 DWI arrests.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is also asking people to use public transportation. Capital Metro is adding extra buses to get more people home after the last fireworks go off.

Austin Fire Department officials are reminding you that you cannot use or even have fireworks in the city limits. Doing so could cost you more than $500.

 

Police Ramping Up July 4th Weekend Presence


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